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Character bento

IMG_1338_2Chara-Ben  is a boxed-lunch which is designed with a face of popular mascot characters. It was meant to interest children who have less interest in food to increase their appetite.

But now, the purpose of it is to create cute designs, and there are workshops in town that teach how to make these ka-wa-i-i lunches.

The photos show Bento-box designed with Kumamon and Funasshi , two popular Yuru Charas (cuddly mascots).

Kumamon’s face is made with nori (seaweed), his eyes with cheese and cheeks with imitation crab. Funasshi is mostly made with thin omelets, and his cloth with boiled fish paste.

Kumamon was the most popular character last year. But when it appeared on the Singing Battle of Red(female singers) & White(male singers) , which is televised annually on New Yeare Eve, it showed some obscene moves, and many young girls lost interest, causing decline of his popularity.

Now, Funasshi seized the opportunity and became the most popular Yuru Chara of them all.



Sho-Ka-Do Bento Lunch

Shoukadou BentoThe Bento-lunch container is divided into a cross,
This way, smell and taste of each food there do not mix with each other.
It is beautifully arranged.

Circa 1600s in Japan, a monk name “Shokado Shojo” was inspired by seedlip used by farmer, and he used it as a paint box and a tobacco tray at the tea ceremony.
Then, it was used as a vessel for kaiseki which is a meal served at the tea ceremony.

This style has spread to the world as “Shokado Bento Lunch”.